25 Ways To Professionally Leave A Conversation Without Being Rude

Posted by , Updated on June 24, 2016

Have you ever met someone who just doesn’t know when to stop talking? Unfortunately, this happens both inside and outside the business world. Some people drone on and on, oblivious that everyone else is bored out of their minds and just wants to make an exit as quickly as possible. If you’ve ever wanted to escape from a conversation in a professional manner, we’ve assembled 25 lines you can use to politely get the heck out of there.

There are many reasons why you might want to excuse yourself from a conversation. Maybe you need to get back to work; maybe the conversation is naturally ending, and you want to close it smoothly; or maybe there’s just no chemistry, and you want to escape from the uncomfortable situation. Whether this has happened to you while speaking on the phone, mingling at a networking event, chatting with a co-worker on your way around the office, or even meeting someone on the subway, these lines will help you make a quick getaway. Plus, best of all, they normally won’t offend the other person and will leave you in a good light. If you’ve ever wanted to become more socially excellent and work your way out of these situations, check out these 25 Ways to Professionally Leave a Conversation Without Being Rude.


"It seems like we've covered all the points we needed to touch on. If there's nothing else to discuss, see you at next week's meeting."

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"I'm feeling a bit peckish, so I'm going to take a quick break and grab a snack."

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"Excuse me for a moment, I need to use the restroom."

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"Sounds like we've covered all we needed to get through, so I'll let you go. Thanks for a productive chat."

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"It's been a pleasure to chat. Do you have a business card?"

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"I appreciate you jumping on this call with me and hope you have a great rest of your day. I'll be on the lookout for your email."

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"It would be great to hear more about your gig when we have more time. Let's find a time to reconnect over a coffee."

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"My phone battery is going to die soon, so I'm going to have to jump off the call."

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"Anyways, it was great talking to you again. I'll let you back to ___ (whatever they were doing)."

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"It's been a pleasure talking with you. I'll send you a LinkedIn request so we can connect and keep up with each other."

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"Good to see we finished the meeting early. I'm going to head back to finish up some work so maybe I can leave early."

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"Oh, there's Darlene. I've been trying to get ahold of her for weeks. Excuse me, would you?"

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"Are you walking to your desk? I'll walk you back."

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"It's been great getting to know you a bit. Let me introduce you to someone whom I think you'd like to meet."

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"Someone else has this conference room booked right after us, so we should probably head out to let them in."

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"I've got to send another few emails before the end of the day, so I'm going to head back to my desk."

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"Woah, it's already 3 P.M. Do you mind if I let you go so I can finish up my to-do list for the day?"

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"It's been great catching up, but I need to go because I've got another call in a few minutes I need to prepare for."

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"I know your schedule is pretty hectic these days, so I'll get out of your hair. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you."

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"Excuse me for a second, I need to check on something/someone."

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While most of these have revolved around speaking, body language is also a great way to let someone know you want the conversation to end. If you're sitting down, try standing up and moving towards the door. Breaking eye contact and looking towards the door or your desk can also give the hint you want to get back to what you were doing.

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"Well, I've got to head back to my desk to finish up some work. Let's finish up later on."

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"I want to find out the answers to your questions ASAP, so I'm going to jump off and go ask my colleagues. I'll shoot you an email later this week."

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"Thanks for a great meeting, everybody. I'll send out the notes when I get back to my desk."

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"It sounds like your ideas are really well fleshed out. I'm looking forward to seeing them come to fruition. I'm sure you've got a lot to get done in the meantime, so I'll let you get back to it."

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